Congrats on the wild success of your debut single, “Loveless.” Is the song title a direct nod to My Bloody Valentine or merely coincidental?
Thanks so much! It’s not a direct nod to MBV at all. It’s all based around the line “loveless in our shelter, time will pass.” I had that line and thought it embodied the feeling of the song. MBV is untouchable, we know that!
Impressively, “Loveless” feels simultaneously haunting and comforting. Can you expand upon the track’s origin and message?
Thanks. I’m glad it has both of those emotions in there. I started the track in a NYC basement around 4.5 years ago. The drum groove and the chords came first and It developed itself over a long time. When the band and I started jamming on it we discovered so much more about the song and the way it could work. The arrangement took a lot of experimenting to get right and when we met the producers (Chris Walla and Franc Tetez) they helped us shape it into how it sounds today. Each band member’s spirit and musical voice is really what make the song work. Lyrically, emotionally and musically the song is about the beautiful arc of a relationship, and the movement from dark to light. It was so much about capturing the feeling of a relationship in a different way through out each section of the song.
Chris Walla has been an early champion of the band. Can you expand upon your connection / relationship with him?
Yes! Chris is amazing. I met Chris when we were talking to different producers about making our record. I always loved his production and his musical spirit. He connected with the demos right away and it was clear when we met that he had a passion and a shared vision for the music and the record we wanted to make. After that meeting it was pretty clear he would be a great fit to help us make the album. We learned so much from him, especially through his experiences of being in a successful band. We have so much love and respect for Chris!
What can you reveal about your forthcoming full-length due out later this year? Does it have a similar vibe as “Loveless?”
“Loveless” was the jumping off point for the band. There are elements of “Loveless” in all of the songs but I think people will be surprised by some of the traditional songwriting on the record. I do think we’ve kept the overall spirit and beauty and arc of what “Loveless” has throughout the record. I’m really excited for people to hear the record and the rest of the songs.
How has it been performing live – this winter with Muna and most recently at SXSW?
It’s been amazing! We are having so much fun playing the rest of the songs live. It’s great to see how people are reacting to songs other then “Loveless.”
What’s your favorite moon related album from this bunch: Cat Power – Moon Pix, Nick Drake – Pink Moon, Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica, Neil Young – Harvest Moon, Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon?
Dark Side of the Moon & Harvest Moon. Both stone cold classics.